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Yellowstone Fires part of Examples
This module enables students to take a problem-based learning approach to wildfires, in particular whether a "let-it-burn" policy makes sense in Yellowstone National Park.

Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual part of Examples
This site offers an overview of role-playing activities and contains a partially-fleshed-out list of questions and situations dealing with water, minerals, and public policy.

WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project part of Examples
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans.

The High Plains: Land of Extremes part of Examples
This lesson plan includes a debate about whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands and a study of the High Plains habitat.

Eruption! part of Examples
Eruption! is a volcanic crisis simulation model in which students role-play villagers, the governor, volcanologists, and the press, working to preserve their lives and homes from an active volcano.

The Forecast Factory part of Examples
This is a highly scripted role-playing exercise in which students act out the elements of the weather-forecasting process, from TV announcers to the continuity equation.

Science in the Courtroom: The Woburn Toxic Trial part of Examples
In this exercise, hydrology students role-play expert witnesses in a mock trial dealing with contamination of groundwater.

Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission part of Examples
This is collaborative problem solving using data in which students role-play NASA and other personnel determining a good strategy for launching a probe to study a comet.

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

The Incredible Journey- A Walk Through the Water Cycle part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation where students predict, explore and evaluate what happens to water as it travels through the water cycle.

Rock Cycle Skit part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a skit, commercial or song/rap about the rock cycle

What is in the pond? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students investigate the water quality of a local stream or pond.